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Important tools for navigating
 

Learn how to effectively use a compass underwater! 

Navigate professionally
 

Learn how to use a navfinder to plot your dive!

Look differently
 

You learn to look differently at the underwaterworld when you combine compass navigation with natural navigation techniques


Do the PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty to:

  • Become an expert in navigating underwater and improve your navigation on land
  • Feel more comfortable underwater because you know where you are
  • Know how to make and use underwater maps
 

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Features

In three dives and two theory sessions you will learn about:

Underwater navigation techniques

  • Pre-dive observations to aid navigation
  • Methods for estimating distance underwater
  • Using natural references above and underwater
  • Learning the basics of making an underwater map

Dive patterns

  • Navigation patterns commonly used by divers
  • Tracking a multi-heading course
  • Using a course plotter
  • Determining pattern headings with a heading calculator

Compass navigation

  • Features of underwater compasses
  • Correct positioning for diving with a compass
  • Setting compasses and methods for avoiding compass errors
  • Methods for using compass bearings to fix and relocate underwater sites
 

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Prerequisites

Minimum age

  • 10 years old


Diving Certificate and Experience


Underwater Navigation Equipment

Required:

  • Standard set of diving equipment
  • Dive computer
  • Compass
 
PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty

Key Information
Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or equivalent) 
Minimum age: 10 years old
Duration: two dives (one day) and two theory sessions
Required study materials: PADI Manual Underwater Navigator Specialty and PADI DVD Underwater Navigation

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty on Crete Video